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India's Ruling Congress Party Loses Power in Jharkhand

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India's ruling Congress party and its allies have lost power in the eastern state of Jharkhand, after failing to prove their majority in the legislature. The state's governor had initially given newly appointed Chief Minister Shibu Soren until March 21st to prove his majority in the 81-member assembly. Later, the Supreme Court advanced the date to March 11th. But on Friday, the trial of strength was put off until March 15th, after six adjournments of the state legislature on technical grounds. Press Trust of India says Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has asked Mr. Soren to step down after he missed the court deadline. Mr. Soren's coalition and his Hindu nationalists-led opposition both claimed the support of 41 lawmakers in the 81-seat state legislature. Voting to elect a new state legislature was held last month.
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